Family Manakins (Pipridae)

Least Concern

White-ruffed Manakin (Corapipo leucorrhoa)


French: Manakin orné German: Weißkehlpipra Spanish: Saltarín gorjiblanco occidental

Pipra leucorrhoa

P. L. Sclater

, 1863,

Bucaramanga, Santander, Colombia


W races altera and heteroleuca sometimes treated as forming a separate species on basis mainly of longer outermost primary; however, voices of altera and nominate appear not to differ, and possible significance of this feather in display unknown, especially as display of nominate is undescribed#R. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. l. altera Hellmayr, 1906 – White-ruffed Manakin – Caribbean slope of Central America S from E Honduras, Pacific slope of S Costa Rica and Panama (except W Chiriquí), and NW Colombia (W of Atrato Valley).
  • C. l. heteroleuca Hellmayr, 1910 – Pacific slope of SW Costa Rica and W Panama (W Chiriquí).
  • C. l. leucorrhoa (P. L. Sclater, 1863) – White-bibbed Manakin – locally in Sierra de Perijá, W Venezuela (lower slopes of Andes) and NC & W Colombia (S to middle Magdalena Valley, E to NW Arauca, also Pacific slope in Valle).
  • Descriptive notes

    9·5–10 cm; male 8·6–12·5 g, female 9–12·5 g (nominate), male 11·1 g, female 12·5 g (race altera). Male... read more


    Male advertising call a high, rolling “prreeet”; also a sharp “seee”; in... read more


    Humid forest and tall secondary growth, also edges with fruiting trees, in foothills and lower... read more

    Food and feeding

    Mainly small fruits, with small proportion of insects and spiders. In small study area in Costa Rica, total of 57 species of fruit, mainly... read more


    Egg-laying in Mar–Jun in Costa Rica. Male display centred on log on forest floor, alone or with other males (adult and immature) and... read more


    Largely resident. In S Costa Rica, race altera descends to foothills and adjacent lowlands... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Common in Costa Rica, fairly common to common in Panama; uncommon and very local in Venezuela and Colombia. Populations of NW South... read more

    Recommended citation

    Snow, D. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). White-ruffed Manakin (Corapipo leucorrhoa). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 26 February 2020).